words to inspire

Words to Inspire

“Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom & a little flower.” – Hans Christian Andersen


“community” is not enough

I was really nervous to meet the Anchal artisans. In addition to the normal anxieties of meeting someone new, I was worried about overcoming language barriers, communicating effectively & whether or not the time would allow us to connect in a real, meaningful way.  Honestly, I had no idea what to expect. On the first […]


rotate and repeat

“I consider myself a farmer of patterns.” -Alexander Gorlizki Design training is a critical component of Anchal’s program. This year we focused our curriculum on the possibilities of pattern. A pattern can be described as a shape or form repeated. The artisans learned that shapes form patterns in everyday life such as flooring tile or […]


The little things reveal the biggest changes

One of the main reasons we are in India is to collect data for social impact reports and measure the outcome of our program. This means interviewing the artisans and asking them really difficult questions. We do not like this part – Anchal artisans deal with extreme adversity that neither you or nor I could […]


A reunion of creativity & conviction

After a week of shopping and preparing in Jaipur, Tess and I finally arrived in Ajmer to begin the artisan workshops. We felt anxious about reuniting/meeting the artisans and ensuring we were prepared to maximize our time together. Could we connect with such significant language barriers? Would we establish a mutual trust? Are the artisans […]


Our top pick of the week!

We’re thinking purple would be the perfect compliement to the new Chowringhee Quilt! Cheerful & refreshing, this quilt is the essential accent to any interior – especially one decorated in purple! Today’s inspiration came from The Jungalow by the incredible Justina Blakeney — make sure to visit her blog for more purple decorating tips.


Momentum is building with increased stability

Each journey to India is a unique experience. As I venture to this indescribable country for the sixth time, I find places and cultural interactions increasingly familiar. Whether I am navigating the bazaars in Jaipur, scouting the best rooftop oasis, negotiating prices with shop owners, reuniting with familiar faces or accomplishing the feat of giving […]


Why be a member of the Fair Trade Federation?

People often ask, “So what does Fair Trade really mean?” If you’ve ever wondered the same thing, here’s your answer. “Fair trade is an approach to business and to development based on dialogue, transparency, and respect that seeks to create greater equity in the international trading system.”(1) The term “Fair Trade” is used across a […]


March 8th is not just one day

Awareness is out and action is in. This International Women’s Day the Executive Director of UN women urged countries to step it up for gender equality & ensure that the world is 50/50 by 2030.  Aptly, this year’s theme is “Make it Happen.” This is also the first year that the Anchal team is in […]


#makeithappen – International Women’s Day 2015

Today we are celebrating women, all of them! “All around the world, International Women’s Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.” This year & every year, we support International Women’s Day (#IWD2015) because it is a day that brings to light efforts that are striving to promote opportunities […]